School excursion

Bush tucker

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Bongil Bongil National Park

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Bush tucker in Bongil Bongil National Park is a school excursion for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) students with a focus on Geography and History. Join our Aboriginal Discovery rangers for an easy stroll along the forested banks of Bonville Creek, to investigate the rich diversity of plants and animals in the park.

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By examining the features and characteristics of this estuarine environment, students will learn about the fascinating bush tucker and useful natural medicines that have made the places at Bongil Bongil National Park a significant resource for local Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal People. Students will learn about the cultural practices of 'Caring for Country' and how this has changed over time in this place.

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Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE2-1. Examines features and characteristics of places and environments

GE2-2. Describes the ways people, places and environments interact

HT2-2. Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time

HT2-3. Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects


Students will:

  • Be welcomed to Country in language
  • Explore the diversity of plants and animals of this estuarine environment with an Aboriginal guide
  • Learn about how this place has been used traditionally for food, medicine and tools
  • Understand how the use of this area has changed over time.

Excursion details

Guided. Available on request.

$305 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. Maximum 2 groups.

Meeting point
Bongil Bongil picnic area, 15 minutes south of Coffs Harbour via Williams Road.
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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about Bush tucker.

Program outline

  • Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing
  • Explore the riverside area adjacent to Bonville Creek with your Aboriginal guide
  • Examine the plants and animals that live and thrive here
  • Learn how some of these plants and animals were used for food, medicine and tools
  • Hear stories of how the Gumbaynggirr People valued and cared for their environment, seeing it as a source of life and nurture.
  • Farewell and depart

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    What to bring

    Please wear long pants, closed, comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Be ready for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat. Remember to bring extra food and water, and any necessary medications. Please bring your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag.

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    Safety messages

    Pre activity briefing: participants will be briefed at the start of the activity/day.

    Safety equipment: NPWS staff carry radios and first aid kits, hold current first aid certificates and are aware of emergency procedures.

    Staff accreditation: NPWS staff have current Senior First Aid accreditation. They are experienced in working with groups of students in the natural environment and have excellent knowledge of the specific areas they are visiting including potential hazards. NPWS is committed to a Child Safe and Friendly Environment. Our staff have been screened for child-related employment and have completed a Working with Children Check.

    Emergencies: NPWS staff are trained to deal with emergencies and emergency procedures are in place. Ongoing supervision of a student following first aid treatment will be the responsibility of the visiting school.

    Risk assessment and risk benefits

    Our rangers and guides have the technical skill and experience to assess the risks and the benefits of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning programs.

    We believe in including opportunities that allow students to learn and experience for themselves through exploration in the natural environment.

    Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided. Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.


    Disability access level - medium

    Bongil picnic area has a medium accessibility grading and some assistance may be required to access the area.